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Apple AirPods Pro was just announced

Recently the rumour mill has been pretty accurate with product releases, and it looks like they were right about the new Apple AirPods Pro, which was just announced by Apple. When iOS 13 was released, as per the norm these days someone flagged a piece of code that referenced the new AirPods. Some of the features are Active Noise cancellation which is an absolute must for travellers and what Apple have coined as Transparency mode, which allows the outside noise in.

Should you upgrade to the Apple AirPods Pro?

If you have the current generation of Apple AirPods and do a lot of travelling in noisy spaces, the upgrade to noise cancellation is worth the upgrade. If you use these sitting at your desk and not for travelling then the noise cancellation may not be enough for the upgrade. There is also the issue with your current AirPods not quite fitting your ear, the new Pro has a better fit according to Apple, might be worthwhile just for that.

What’s in the box?

  • AirPods Pro
  • Wireless Charging Case
  • Silicone ear tips (three sizes)
  • Lightning to USB-C Cable
  • Documentation

What do they cost?

They have been released for $249 on the Apple web store.

Technical specifications

  • Active Noise Cancellation
  • Transparency mode
  • Adaptive EQ
  • Vent system for pressure equalization
  • Custom high-excursion Apple driver
  • Custom high dynamic range amplifier

Sensors

  • Dual beamforming microphones
  • Inward-facing microphone
  • Dual optical sensors
  • Motion-detecting accelerometer
  • Speech-detecting accelerometer
  • Force sensor

Chip

H1-based System in Package

Controls

  • Press the force sensor once to play, pause, or answer a phone call
  • Press twice to skip forward
  • Press three times to skip back
  • Press and hold to switch between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode
  • Say “Hey Siri” to do things like play a song, make a call, or get directions

Size and Weight

  • AirPods Pro (each)
  • Height: 1.22 inches (30.9 mm)
  • Width: 0.86 inch (21.8 mm)
  • Depth: 0.94 inch (24.0 mm)
  • Weight: 0.19 ounce (5.4 grams)
  • Wireless Charging Case
  • Height: 1.78 inches (45.2 mm)
  • Width: 2.39 inches (60.6 mm)
  • Depth: 0.85 inch (21.7 mm)
  • Weight: 1.61 ounces (45.6 grams)

Charging Case

Works with Qi-certified chargers or the Lightning connector

Battery

  • AirPods Pro
  • Up to 4.5 hours of listening time with a single charge (up to 5 hours with Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency off)
  • Up to 3.5 hours of talk time with a single charge
  • AirPods Pro with Wireless Charging Case
  • More than 24 hours of listening time
  • More than 18 hours of talk time
  • 5 minutes in the case provides around 1 hour of listening time or around 1 hour of talk time

Connectivity

Bluetooth 5.0

Accessibility

  • Accessibility features help people with disabilities get the most out of their new AirPods Pro. Features include:
  • Live Listen audio

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